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Current Issues in the Church

There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.

A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.

Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.

A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.

How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?

Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.

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Steve Wood’s Warning on Degenerate Proselytism in the Wake of Obergefell

A friend just sent me a newsletter he gets from Steve Wood. It concerns Obergefell v. Hodges and the terrible prospects that wicked bit of judicial activism holds out for our youth. My correspondent is of the opinion that Mr. Wood is one of the few conservative Catholic writers saying correctly that the homosexual movement is a very real threat to our children and grandchildren, who are all potential targets of recruitment because … More →


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No Mention of Converting to Christ in Celebrating Nostra Aetate Anniversary

AsiaNews: The Second Vatican Council’s Declaration Nostra Aetate, which this year marks its 50th anniversary, “is a definitive ‘yes’ to the Jewish roots of Christianity and irrevocable no to anti-Semitism”. Pope Francis recalled this in his address to participants at the conference sponsored by the International Council of Christians and Jews, held in Rome from 28 June to 1 July on the theme: “The 50th Anniversary … More →

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‘The Family Under Attack': a Much Needed Guide for the Synod on the Family

Loreto Publications has just published an important and very timely book. The Family Under Attack, written under a pseudonym by a traditional Catholic priest with broad and deep scholarly learning, comes right in time for the second part of the Synod of Bishops on Marriage and the Family, which will take place in October 2015 in Rome. Don Pietro Leone — the author’s nom de … More →

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Rod Dreher on Obergefell and Living as Exiles

Rod Dreher has authored a thoughtful piece for Time on Friday’s horrible SCOTUS decision: Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country. I recommend reading it. He plugs his “Benedict Option,” which is, for all practical purposes, what our little community in the hills of New Hampshire is doing. He also paints a stark picture of the significance of this wicked ruling, … More →


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Don Bosco, EENS, and the Waldensians

Thanks to the rare occasion of a big Waldensian-related event hitting the news cycle, we take the opportunity to show what the charitable and zealous Saint John Bosco said in their regard, especially since it falls right in line with our apostolate. As we published in our article on Don Bosco, the saint wrote the following in his periodical entitled Catholic Readings: My dear friends, the enemies of Catholicism, and … More →


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Considering Catholic Ecclesiology in Some of Its Professedly Progressive Forms

“Catholics today will need heroic virtue — did you hear me? heroic virtue — just to hold on to the Faith, much less to grow more in the Faith and to pass it on intact to our children.” More →


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The Phenomenon of Laudato Si’

The publication of Laudato Si’ has been met with a variety of reactions both positive and negative. “Weighing in” on the contents of the encyclical would be ill-advised for me on a number of counts, so I will not do that. Instead, I will offer my readership seven observations on the phenomenon of Laudato Si’ and some questions it raises on the nature of the … More →


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German Bishops Help the Church ‘Question Herself’ about Family Diversity ahead of Synod

In the bizarro world that is modern German Catholicism — at least as dictated by those who consider themselves practically independent of the papacy — the Church should “question herself” about the different forms the family takes. Read this nominalist, blasphemous gobbledegook: The forms in which people live together and take up responsibility for one another have become today manifold. “The task of the Church today … More →


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Glimpses Behind Closed Doors: Marco Tosatti on Cardinal Kasper’s Self-Correction

While observers of the discussion concerning the Synod of Bishops on Marriage and the Family are still wondering what it was that has recently caused Cardinal Walter Kasper suddenly (but stammeringly) to deny that which he had claimed a year or so ago – namely, that Pope Francis personally supports his “Kasper proposal” – the well-informed Vatican journalist Marco Tosatti now has his own explanation. On … More →

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A Manifesto of Christian Resistance

From Brother Alexis Bugnolo… Originally posted on From Rome: Against perverse and unnatural forms of Marriage TO BE READ FROM ALL THE PULPITS OF AMERICA I, as a disciple of Christ Jesus, hold and believe that the US Supreme Court has no authority to impose Sodom upon America in name of the US Constitution; and that such a judgement would be null/void. For the institution … More →


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Close Advisor of Pope Speaks about Pope’s Methods of Changing the Church

On May 10, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera published an interview with Archbishop Victor Fernández who is a close collaborator of Pope Francis. He is said to have ghost-written Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium and to be now involved in the drafting of the Pope’s encyclical on questions concerning the environment. He had previously worked together with then-Cardinal Bergoglio in Argentina, and … More →


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Another Bishop Who Rejects Church Teaching Invited to October Synod

Voice of the Family: The Holy See has confirmed that Bishop Johan Bonny, who publicly rejects the teaching of the Church on same-sex unions, will be attending the Ordinary Synod on the Family in October this year. At the Extraordinary Synod last year Belgium was represented by Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, a courageous defender of the Catholic moral teaching. In accordance with canon law Archbishop Léonard submitted … More →

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Catholic Church in Israel Torched by Arsonists, Monk Injured

Catholic Culture: The Church of the Multiplication of Church of the Loaves and Fish, built on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, suffered extensive damage in a June 18 arson attack. More on this here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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After Protests by the Catholic Action League, O. F. M. are M-I-A at ‘Pride’ Festival

Following protests, this year and last year, by the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, the Franciscan Friars of Boston’s Saint Anthony’s Shrine—members of the Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor—apparently decided to forgo, for the first time in several years, a visible presence at the 2015 homosexual pride festival and parade in Boston. In past years, the friars could be seen in videotape coverage of the parade, … More →


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The High Cost of Undermining Fatherhood

This is a very important Vortex. Michael Voris encapsulates into a very short video many of the points I’ve tried to make on this site, in such postings as Montfortian Masculinity, The Hearts of the Fathers, Turning the Hearts of the Fathers, Devirilization of the Church, The Love of Masculinity, and, most recently, To the Men. If masculinity and fatherhood are not recovered in Church … More →


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